Samantha Hale -
Partner, Education and Community Care
T: 0345 357 9606
F: 0345 357 9449
Based in: Bristol and London
Education Law and Community care
Samantha Hale is an Associate Solicitor specialising in Education Law, and also has experience in Community Care and Public Law.
She has experience in all areas of education law, some of which include:
Samantha has a particular interest in helping secure the right educational placements and provision for children and young people with special educational needs, including appeals in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).
Her experience within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal includes discrimination claims. Samantha also assists parents prior to obtaining a right of appeal, for example by attending Annual Reviews and reviewing draft Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), providing comments on these on the behalf of parents.
Samantha has a particular interest in dealing with disputes regarding home to school transport through Local Authority appeal processes and Judicial Review. She has also successfully challenged the First-tier Tribunal's (Special Educational Needs and Disability) refusal to consider transport as a special educational need/provision in the Upper Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in the case of AA v LBH  UKUT 0241 (AAC).
Samantha regularly undertakes advocacy in the First-tier Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. In August 2017, Samantha gained her Higher Rights of Audience, which means she is also able to carry out her own advocacy in the High Court.
Samantha first began working for Simpson Millar (previously Maxwell Gillott) in August 2007, completing her training contract with the firm and qualifying as a Solicitor in December 2009. Following qualification, she continued working within the field of education, community care and public law for another firm and a charity. She then took up employment as an Education Solicitor at Hertfordshire County Council, where she gained valuable experience on the internal workings of local authorities, before returning to Simpson Millar at our London office in April 2015. Samantha currently works in both our London and Bristol offices.
She has a degree in Law and Criminology from Lancaster University and has completed an introductory course in British Sign Language.
Outside of work Samantha enjoys learning to ice skate and walks with her dog.